verb (used without object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
verb (used with object), wor·ried, wor·ry·ing.
noun, plural wor·ries.
Origin of worry
Synonyms for worry
Related Words for worrypain, apprehension, uncertainty, misgiving, doubt, uneasiness, misery, woe, fear, headache, anguish, problem, concern, annoy, depress, disturb, unsettle, perturb, bother, upset
Examples from the Web for worry
Contemporary Examples of worry
Still, I worry that a simple traffic stop could have tragic consequences.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
And the authorities also worry that the December fires are just the beginning.Italy’s Terror on the Tracks
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 28, 2014
I wish this was the last time I had to worry about hunger and bombs.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?
December 27, 2014
This is a well-documented phenomenon which does not worry specialists.Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop
December 19, 2014
And I worry that the world will have very mixed feelings about him.Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack: J. Law, Pitt, Clooney, and Star Wars
December 12, 2014
Historical Examples of worry
I can't remember when I haven't awakened to doubt, and worry, and heart-sickness.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He began to worry seriously about keeping Mr. Hichens out of his house.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
By George, he'd fool her, for once: he'd go away, and let her worry.
Tell Mrs. Drummond he was in good spirits, and that she's not to worry.
It doesn't seem to bother him any, so I don't see why it should worry me.In the Midst of Alarms
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for worry
Old English wyrgan "to strangle," from West Germanic *wurgijanan (cf. Middle Dutch worghen, Dutch worgen, Old High German wurgen, German würgen "to strangle," Old Norse virgill "rope"), from PIE *wergh- "to turn" (see wring). Related: Worrisome; worrying.
The oldest sense was obsolete in English after c.1600; meaning "annoy, bother, vex," first recorded 1670s, developed from that of "harass by rough or severe treatment" (1550s), as of dogs or wolves attacking sheep. Meaning "to cause mental distress or trouble" is attested from 1822; intransitive sense of "to feel anxiety or mental trouble" is first recorded 1860.
1804, from worry (v.).